Thousands of South Carolinians who rely on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for coverage are not the only ones worried about what might happen to them if it is repealed.
Over 200,000 people in South Carolina use the ACA’s health insurance exchanges and are waiting to see what the future of the legislation will be and how it will affect them. Hospitals, health care providers and insurance companies across the state are also waiting to see what might happen.
The Post and Courier reports that hospital leaders from South Carolina were in Washington this week to talk about the law’s future with congressional staffers. President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are hoping to repeal the law they call “Obamacare” once Trump takes office in January.
It’s also not clear if Republicans would repeal the entire law, since even many in the GOP back some of its provisions against dropping patients with preexisting conditions and allowing students to remain on their parents’ health plan until age 25.
According to the newspaper there was also a separate meeting in Washington, with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. and representatives from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, the largest private health insurance company in the state.
If it is repealed what comes after it is not very clear right now. In an interview with reporters Thursday, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said “repeal and replace” was tantamount to “repeal and chaos.” Trump has nominated Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Price, a physician and Obamacare critic, as her replacement.